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Picking a low-cost printer that’s right for you

When a printer stops working, it’s never convenient. It often happens at the most critical part of the day and leaves most people in a situation where they’re forced to troubleshoot it themselves, convert a document to a last minute power-point, or find an IT technician.

While most issues are a quick fix or just need replacement ink cartridge, a more serious break can be attributed to the type or quality of printer that’s purchased. Printers are chosen for plenty of reasons, but normally they’re picked because they’re cheap. While this is important, other factors such as print speed, energy usage and durability should also be considered.

So what printer should I look for?

Ideally you want a printer that performs well, but doesn’t break the bank. Canon and Epson printers rarely go wrong and will cost between £35-£80. For a fast-paced environment however, you will need to dig deeper into your pockets. With that in mind, a HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227sdn A4 Mono Multifunction Laser Printer would be your best bet. Currently priced at around £174, it produces 28 pages per minute and comes with additional copying and scanning features. Alternatively, a HP Colour Laserjet Pro M254dw Wireless Laser Printer is more economic. Costing under £150, this printer keeps all the same features like its more expensive counterpart, but is slightly slower, only printing 21 pages each minute.

In any case, the simple fact is you get what you pay for, but if you shop around, it may be possible to find a decent deal. However, for those on the lookout for a better quality model, they will have to invest more. While it might seem expensive now, it will save money in the long-term.

Additional advantages

Another useful bonus from all these printers is their compatibility with a variety of printer cartridge refills. This makes them cheaper to maintain and gives you plenty of options when choosing your printer ink suppliers.

If you would like further guidance on cartridges, feel free to browse Inksave’s website for more information on our great products